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What Foods Can You Expect To Cut Out Of Your Diet While Following The Suzanne Somers Diet Plan?

Most diet plans suggest that you cut certain foods out of your diet to do the best results from it. In following Suzanne Somers’ diet plan you will do the same. While you never completely cut out a specific food group there are some foods that you will need to avoid while following her diet plan. This article will focus on the most important foods to avoid while following Suzanne Somers’ diet plan and why it is so important to do so.

Suzanne Somers’ diet plan has categorized these foods into four groups. Since the lists are lengthy I’ll just give a few examples of the foods that are in each group so you get an idea of what to expect.

As you can probably imagine right at the top of the list of foods to avoid is sugar. Not just in sugars plain form but this group includes sugar sources as well. Sugars that are found from both natural and refined sources. You know that you are going to find sugar in cookies, candy, juices soda’s etc. but some forms that are completely natural and you should avoid as well. Such as corn syrup, molasses, honey, maple syrup, beets and carrots. This brings us to the next group of foods because they actually turn into sugar after they’re consumed.

This second group of foods falls into the group of starches. Some of the first foods that come to mind are white rice, white flour and potatoes. Again, there are other foods that are natural but also do harm to a diet because they turn directly into sugar. These foods include butternut squash, acorn squash, bananas, corn and pumpkin.

The third group of foods are some that don’t really fit into any of the other categories so it has received the title of bad combo foods. The foods included in this group are nuts, olives, low-fat or whole milk, low-fat or full fat soy milk and avocado’s.

Finally, the last food group is one that is also commonly excluded from many diets. This group is caffeine and alcohol. Although we turn to caffeine to give us energy, while you are following Suzanne Somers’ diet plan you are trying to balance your body. While giving your body a quick burst of energy caffeine also imbalances your body and goes against what you are trying to do. As for alcohol most of us are aware that it fills you up with empty calories which turn into fat. Again, while following this diet plan it goes against balancing your body. Read the rest of this entry »

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Raw Food and Kale – How To Make It Good!

Raw food diets can take some getting used to. And as amazing as they can be for your body, they can be tough on the taste buds!

One of the most important parts of eating raw and/or vegetarian, vegan, or any diet for that matter, is getting enough nutrients.

And Kale is one super food that knows how to deliver. But boy can it be tough to eat raw if you don’t prepare it right! I remember a time when raw kale made me nauseas. Over time I fought my way through to the other side, but boy do I wish I knew a few things back then that I know now.

Kale has the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity – a fancy way of saying anti-oxidant) of all foods and delivers a whole host of nutrients too long to list but that your body knows by heart.

Many people find raw kale too bitter, too tough, or just down right gross. But it doesn’t have to be if you know how to buy it and prep it. Now sure the nutrients are important. But another important factor is making sure you don’t go crazy on a diet like this! The last thing you want is to feel deprived or dread eating. So how do you make this incredible power food taste good? Here’s a method that we use at Chakra 4 to make incredible salads.

First of all, go for lacinto kale. It’s the least tough and the least bitter. For years I choked down red kale without knowing any better. Yikes. I wish I found Chakra 4 sooner.

Second, create a really nice dressing out of some lemon juice and olive oil. You can play with the proportions but usually a 50/50 ratio of acid to oil is a good starting point.

Third, separate the kale leaves from the stems and cut the leaves to a size and consistency that you like. Cutting or tearing them into long strips is usually how I make it.

Fourth, mix the oil in with the kale with your hands, and massage the kale. Be firm with it, but don’t totally squish it to death.

The massaging helps to break down some of the toughness, and the oil and lemon juice help while infusing it with a more palatable flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

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